Damien Queally has been working in the development sector since 2001, starting as a volunteer with local NGOs in India and Uganda, from which he went on to GOAL, working in various roles from Field Manager to Deputy CD in DR Congo, Niger and Darfur.
In 2008, Mr Queally joined Plan International as Programme Director of Plan Ireland. There he spent five years and led significant growth in the programme department – acquiring new donors like the EU, ECHO, Unicef and the Human Dignity Foundation, as well as significantly expanding the Irish Aid portfolio.
Since January 2013, Mr Queally has been based in West Africa as the Deputy Regional Director for Programmes. Over the course of his time in the region, Plan International has opened a new office in Nigeria, an emergency operation in Central African Republic, increased its funding portfolio to over $200m in FY15 and responded to the worst outbreak of Ebola in history.
While based in Plan International Ireland, Mr Queally chaired the NOPD network for two years, bringing together the Programme Directors from all NOs, the Deputy Regional Programme Directors, IH Programme Directors and Country Directors representing each region for more coordinating and One Plan programme engagement.
Mr Queally graduated from University College Dublin in 1999 with a Masters in Economics, and started his career with one of Ireland’s largest financial institutions where his focus was on business intelligence and corporate development. In his spare time, Mr Queally likes to watch rugby and hurling, and socialise with friends and colleagues.